Year 5 – What am I learning now? (Term 1 2022-23)

Who we are

Central idea

Justice systems can guide how people live.

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • How crime and punishment has transformed (change)
  • How justice systems operate (function)
  • Whether punishments always fit the crime (perspective)

Subject Focus

  • History
  • Art
  • PSHE
  • Computing
  • Writing
  • Spoken Language


Children will be involved in a crime scene investigation. They will be looking at artefacts, witness descriptions and photographs of a crime scene. They will try and match the crime to the witness description to find out who the culprit was.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Research and designing fan boats ready to be made at school.

Class Stories

  • The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes
  • Holes – Louis Sachar

Transferrable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Research
  • Social
  • Communication

Links to PSHE / SMSC

Rewriting the behaviour policy (British Values). Why and how rules and laws that protect people are made and enforced, why different rules are needed in different situations and how to take part in making and changing rules.

Key Vocabulary

  • Chronology
  • Crime
  • Social Justice
  • Trial
  • Database
  • Witness
  • Suspect
  • Juvenile
  • Forces
  • Air Resistance
  • Gravity
  • Friction
  • Tension
  • Contact
  • Streamlined
  • Behaviour
  • Policy
  • Sanctions
  • Reinforcement

Career Links

  • Crime Scene investigator
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Police Officer
  • Prison Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Criminal lawyer.

Sharing Success

During the term, children will upload evidence to their Class Dojo profiles that they have met their lines of inquiry. The action will be a reviewed behaviour policy ratified by the students and shared with their peers and the community.


Children will research and use their knowledge to write the school behaviour policy and present to their year group and senior management team.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

Our learning journey can be found in our inquiry books, expressive arts books, floor books and on display boards.

  • Writing a poem, newspaper report and narrative.
  • Using correct verb forms
  • Using modal verbs, fronted adverbials and correct tense to improve sentences.
  • Making the correct choice of language.
  • Using figurative language.
  • Improving accuracy of sentences.
  • Spell words with the full range of suffixes and prefixes
  • Write legibly and fluently and making choices over whether to join or not.
  • Using my reading skills in a range of different contexts.
  • Planning and draft before writing.
  • Evaluating own and others’ writing.
  • Summarise a piece of writing.
  • Writing cohesively in paragraphs.
  • Choose correct vocabulary and grammar to suit formal writing.
  • Use my sketch books to compare and discuss ideas with others
  • Artist of the Term: Lois Gibson
  • Use mapping skills to find geographical locations with reference to physical geography.
  • Make a product that looks at how to strengthen and reinforce a 3D framework
  • Mechanical Systems including gears and pulleys
  • Follow the design process of research, design, make and evaluate
  • Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
  • Recognise mechanisms that allow a smaller force to have a greater effect
  • Explore Isaac Newton
  • Work scientifically by carrying out a fair test
  • Describe and explain how motion is affected by forces
  • Communicate with class members and individuals outside the organisation.
  • Search for information about someone online and make judgements.
  • Using Mathematical skills and historical language to place periods of history on timelines.
  • Describing historical events and making comparisons between historical periods including how parliament was created.
  • Using historical artifacts as clues to past civilisations including Anglo-Saxons crime and punishment.
  • Know about and understand a range of religions and world views.
  • Practise and perform a song using instruments
  • Learn about metres
  • Discuss composition of music and write our own
  • Developing fundamental skills, dance, gymnastics.
  • Consider dreams and goals